art for art's sake

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Etymology[edit]

French l'art pour l'art, a phrase credited to Théophile Gautier. Some argue Gautier was not the first to write those words. They appear in the works of Victor Cousin, Benjamin Constant, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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art for art's sake (uncountable)

  1. (art, slogan) Art with no function, whose only purpose is beauty.

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